Brooklyn Brewery – Post Road Pumpkin Ale

If I haven’t said this already, I’m a huge fan of pumpkin beer. There is just a natural harmony that exists with beer and spices and warmth. It is a delicate mix, however, because too much pumpkin and the beer styles get lost, and too little is disappointing.

My favorite, up to this point, has been the Shipyard Pumpkin Ale. I liked it because in addition to the pumpkin flavor, it was infused with nutmeg and cinnamon with a lovely spice.

So, when I saw a new pumpkin ale come out from the Brooklyn Brewery, I had to try it. I wanted to see it it would be in the same league. I’ve never tried anything the Brooklyn Brewery has put out. This is probably because their packaging is very baseball-ish, and they aren’t very readily available in New England. But the Post Road Pumpkin ale has a beautiful label with a New England colonial feel… very different.

When I opened it, the smell was definitely of pumpkin spices. This is a good sign in my eyes because when I can smell that it is different than beer, they likely haven’t gone the “subtle” route. On tasting it, I was really happy! They went the well-balanced route, and succeeded brilliantly! I have to say that this might surpass the Shipyard as my favorite pumpkin ale. The Shipyard is a little bit more malty/syrupy and is heavier (it almost encourages you to drink it warm..) but this Post Road was perfect, I could have it at any time of day. Clean flavor that is very complex – in a word, awesome!

To sweeten it up, you can even rim a glass with maple syrup, then dust it with cinnamon/sugar. A lovely autumn treat. Pick it up and bring it to Thanksgiving dinner. You won’t regret it!

Categories: Beer Reviews


  • David James

    Hey Beer Babe,
    Nice beer review. I’ve become more and more enamored with the pumpkin beers over the past couple years. Each autumn I seek out anything new I haven’t tried.
    One of my favorite pumpkin beers so far is Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. Have you tried it yet? Give it a shot if you haven’t. It’s the perfect brew for after Thanksgiving dinner. Great job!

  • Anonymous

    slightly confused–you say you’d never had anything from the brooklyn brewery, but what about your august post describing the grand cru?


  • The Beer Babe

    Funny you should mention the Southern Tier Pumpkin. Its on the “waiting shelf” to go in my fridge next, actually. Thanks for the tip!

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